The Hermann Community Food Pantry announces “The Turkey Challenge”

The Hermann Community Food Pantry Turkey Challenge started in 2005 with a private donation of 100 turkeys.  Each family was given a turkey coupon which they redeemed at The Village Market.  “This anonymous donation was a blessing for us and made all the difference in the world to the families we support.  The idea was to get the Hermann community to match the donation with donations of Thanksgiving dinner side dishes – vegetables, potatoes, gravy, etc. Back then, we fed around 120 families.  Today, we’ll feed about 40 – 50 families due to government subsidies during COVID and the large unemployment rate” said Bartow Molloy, president of the food pantry.

This year, the Food Pantry is to issue the “Turkey Challenge” to any citizens or groups of Hermann to match the donated turkeys with boxes of stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, biscuit mix, etc. needed to complete the Thanksgiving meal.  “Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate our good fortune and help to those in need.  We are hoping this challenge will provide a wonderful feast for those less fortunate and bring forth the true spirit of the holiday.” said Dawn Grosse, a member of the food pantry board and social worker in the R-1 school district.

If you would like to donate, just bring your food to the Hermann Community Food Pantry at City Hall. There is a barrel in the front alcove to place your donations. Here is the list of food needed to complete a Thanksgiving meal:

Instant potatoes


Boxed stuffing



Biscuit mix

Green beans



Pie Crust


Pie Filling



The volunteers and the members of the board of the Hermann Community Food Pantry would like to thank all those giving people and organizations in advance for your kind donations.  You can be proud that you have made a difference to those less fortunate in Hermann who will now have a complete Thanksgiving meal.

If you have any questions or would like to make an organizational donation, please contact Bartow Molloy at 314 378-3387. Or if you would like to mail in a cash donation, please send a check to The Hermann Community Food Pantry, P.O. Box 501, Hermann, MO 65041. Please note on the “memo” line of your check “Turkey Challenge.” All donations are greatly appreciated.

The Hermann Community Food Pantry is a member of the Community Foundation of Hermann and receives their 501c3 charitable status through them. The pantry is run and managed 100% by volunteers and all donations go directly to feeding those in need in our area,

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